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"...Did you take any photos in Dusseldorf? It is my birthplace and I would be extremely happy to see a post from you!"

This is for you Thoma mou. Hope it will make you smile...

Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and (together with Cologne and the Ruhr Area) the economic center of Western Germany. Düsseldorf is located on the River Rhine and it is one of the main centers of the densely populated Rhine-Ruhr area. In the 7th and 8th centuries, the odd farming or fishing settlement could be found at the point where the small river Düssel flows into the Rhine. It was from such settlements that the city of Düsseldorf grew. The first written mention of the town of Düsseldorf dates back to 1135 (then called Düsseldorp). It was told that under Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa the small town of Kaiserswerth, lying to the North of Düsseldorf, became a well fortified outpost, where soldiers kept their watchful eyes over every movement on the Rhine. Kaiserswerth eventually became a suburb of Düsseldorf in 1929.

The Burgplatz which you can see in this photo is the ideal place if you want to relax, have a dark beer and look over the Rhine. The area round the castle tower received an award as one of the most beautiful squares Germany. Young and old meet on the adjacent flight of steps after work and at weekends. Starting from here you can stroll along the Rhine up to the trade fair or cycle to the medieval town Kaiserswerth.

The mighty castle of the Count of Berg and the later Dukes of Jülich - Kleve - Berg stood at this place. Nowadays, a former side tower of a later baroque palace is all that remains. The palace burned down in 1872, the ruins were completely demolished in 1888. The old castle tower houses the SchiffahrtMuseum (shipping museum), which shows 2000 years of navigation on the Rhine.

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